Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Of Audiobooks and Auditory Weaknesses..
Audiobooks aren't a brand new concept by a long shot, but I've never owned one till this week. And I'm in a fix. How does you work an audio book work exactly? I mean you can't listen to it like you listen to music right? I mean when I listen to music I dissolve into it. I let my mind wander and I don't really do much directional thinking. But when I read a book a have to look at the lines, absorb the words, the meaning, i have to be correlating each line with previous occurrences to follow the story. So logically, Audio books fall in between. I have to pay attention to my headphones. Who does that? It's just like a lesson you may say, like how teachers teach you. You're listening and learning, and that's what you're supposed to do with Audio books too I guess. But I wasn't sure.. I mean what if I get so involved in the narration that I forget the traffic and the peeing men? What if i forget to look at the pavement floor and step on one of the little poo piles little children leave behind on the Dr. Nair Bridge? But because I'm me, I decided I shouldn't have any trouble. I've always been a very visual rather than auditory (is that the word?) person. I prefer to use my ears for means other that those involving mental activity.. like music. That's why I've always fallen asleep in classes. However interesting something is, however much enjoy reading abt the very same topic, when it is narrated/taught to me, when it involves listening to something, my brain shuts; i fall instantly asleep. This has lead to innumerable embarrassing scenarios. I was always the unintentional guilt-trip/scape-goat of lecturers. Some used to stop classes looking at me, supposing that the class has reached its saturation point. Others used to continue. The rest used to wake me up amidst sniggers and ask me to wash my face. I eventually realized that the only way to stop this habit was to break the monotony. Hence I started to ask doubts. That kept me awake at least the time I was talking to the lecturer.
My point is that the prospects aren't looking too bright. Looks like my David Sedaris Audio-book might just rust away in my Ipod..
Ramblings of Nandita at 10:11 PM